Korean Elementary School Teacher Slaps Misbehaving Student

Note: the above video could be of a similar but unrelated incident. Copies of this video were uploaded at the same time the below incident was reported, and were subsequently removed at around the same time the original video described below was said to be removed. Nevertheless, although the above video shows the teacher to be male, most news reports and articles about an identical incident earlier in November describe the teacher as being female.

If anyone knows what went down, please enlighten us in the comments section, we’re stumped!

From Yonhap News:

Brawl Between Teacher and Elementary School Student

There was a brawl between an elementary school student and her teacher in a school in Hapcheon-gun, South Gyeongsang Province.

On the 1st of this month, according to the school, a 58-year-old teacher slapped her 5th grade student B on her face several times after making her stand in the back of the classroom in the morning on the 23rd last month.

One of her classmates took a video of the incident, uploaded it on the internet but deleted it soon after. However, the video went viral on social networking sites, which was followed by criticism against the teacher.

It was originally known as a one-sided assault on the student by the teacher but the truth was found to be a little different.

Through internal investigation by the school, they found that the teacher at that time made four students including student B stand while holding their ankles as punishment for their bad attitudes in the class.

The students still laughed and continued with their misbehavior, so the teacher pushed one of them with her hand. Student B standing next to the student who was pushed fell together and had her head hit against a drawer.

The student got mad and threw curse words to the teacher. She then kicked the teacher’s leg and hit all over her body.

Also, the student’s relative slapped the teacher who visited the student’s home to apologize, telling the teacher that she should be hit as much as she hit the student.

The teacher confirmed that she was slapped on her cheek by the student’s relative.

After the investigation, the school fired the teacher for misconduct.

And the school made the student receive a proper counsel and education.

The school also announced that they plan to implement a group counseling program for the other misbehaving students in the class.

It was revealed that those students often ignored the teacher’s instructions and damaged her personal belongings.

The teacher in an interview with Yonhap News Agency admitted she excessively hit the student because she went out of her mind when the student hit and cursed at her.

A school official who wanted to remain anonymous said hitting the student excessively was obviously the teacher’s fault, but it is disheartening to witness a situation where a teacher is insulted and assaulted by a student.

Meanwhile, although the police officially filed the incident as the video received attention on the internet, they closed the case because both the student and her teacher do not want this issue to get bigger or pursue a criminal suit.

Comments from Daum:


I listen to both sides and I’m usually against teachers, but this time that little brat is bad!


Now even an elementary school student does crazy stuff. Moreover, even her relative joined the madness. Korea is going down.


I hope the student who hit her teacher will not dream of becoming a teacher later.


Now if you do something wrong as an elementary school teacher, you might as well be ready to get cursed and assaulted by a student. So she got fired? How can teachers teach their students, being afraid of them? How is it possible that a twelve-year-old girl hits a fifty-eight-year old adult and the girl’s relative even hits the apologetic teacher? How can this even be possible?


That pathetic brat, and her parents who raised her like that. Why not join the local gang?


It’s her parents’ problem! She didn’t behave like that out of nowhere. She might have learned from someone. In 10 years, her parents will get beaten by her with a 90% chance and will be kicked out when they get older with a 100% chance.


The world has gone crazy… It feels bitter.


Reveal the student’s identity. Even if she graduates from school, she will just pollute the society. Burying that student might as well be realization of social justice.


Alas! Back in the day, students were even afraid of treading on their teachers’ shadows. The older generation should ponder about how teachers’ authority has hit the rock bottom.


So the problem’s solved by firing the part-time teacher. How excellent of the school principal…


Now to be a teacher, you will need relatives who are prosecutors or judges. Then such students and their parents would not dare to do shit. The teacher got disrespected because she was weak, old and poor. Tsk tsk.


When I was in elementary school, there was almost no incident like that. Teachers’ authority has gone down. How dare a student mock her teacher… Hey, elementary school kids reading this article, don’t ever act like that. Otherwise, you will pay the price.


That brat is already spoiled. And what the hell’s up with the relative? Damn…


She is good to be the next representative of Saenuri Party.


It seems too hard to teach students these days. Sigh.


What can we do about that spoiled brat. The student got away but the teacher was fired. That’s why kids can behave worse and worse. They have to be harder on students and go easy on teachers.


So it is way better for teachers to just let their students do whatever, whether they don’t do their homework or pay little attention to class.


That pathetic brat is suitable for a mercantile agency [often associated with loan sharks].


If this kind of incident is not dealt with properly, there will be more incidents like this.


The teacher who hit the student got fired. Shouldn’t they also kick the student out of school?

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  • ggoma

    Personally I think this stems from the lack of true discipline during young childhood in Korea. The way a lot of children are treated as Princesses or Princes (maybe in compensation for the hell they will face later) while young and have their every wish catered to and then grow up with free allowance and a mother who does all their chores and then ships them off to a hagwon after class which basically is daycare in Korea is not conducive to teaching children respect. Many Korean parents only show interest in their children’s schooling and to very little else (minus perhaps, sexuality). But it’s interesting that so many children misbehave and grow into entitled kids like that and then people wonder why. The fact is discipline needs to start when children are still babies. Not punishment, but discipline.
    There needs to be a balance in parenting and the balance is skewed in many Korean families these days and that’s why so many children are acting up. It’s not to say that these kids aren’t going to improve with age, but the foundation if already there makes it much easier for children to learn good ways of expressing themselves instead of turning to rebellion. And of course if priorities weren’t skewed toward education and allowed for children to have a life outside that, then there wouldn’t be these issues either.

    • x1sfg

      I’m with you. It’s not just Korea. The bratty, entitlement mentality is found in the younger generation in the US and Europe, as well as developing economies such as China.

      In the Southern US even twenty five ago, if you acted like that girl there, the teacher would’ve given you a licking. Ah, the days of corporal punishment and bruised behinds, how I so do not miss you. But then again, my generation did not grow up to be entitled pussies like the post 80s generation.

      • ggoma

        Definitely it’s all over the world.
        I’m not in favor of corporal punishment because in most cases it doesn’t work, but it’s hard to teach children who didn’t receive real discipline from the beginning. I’m a late 80s myself so I see it in my own generation. Thank god I had parents who started me young!

      • markus peg

        a licking eh? that does sound scary…

      • Christina

        LOL I’m 20 but even I have to agree with your comment. Dr spock messed up the overall attitude towards parenting- at least in the US, parents are afraid of warping their children’s precious little personalities and emotions. I personally think corporal punishment (not abuse) is a very effective method of discipline, if used sparingly and when the child seriously deserves it. My parents never punished me for accidents or but when they knew I purposely did something bad or disrespectful, I’d get a slap on the hand with a ruler. It stings but doesn’t last, but that initial sting was enough to make an impression on me haha and in the back of my mind I knew it was well deserved.

        • dk2020

          Well, out of the kids I know, the good ones that listen and are obedient to elders are the ones that have crazy controlling parents lols.. Kids test adults all the time to see how much they can get away with. Not abusive punishment but hand slaps, holding books over their head for a half hour, doing push ups that can be alternative punishments .. is there detention in SoKo?

          • Christina

            Hmm… I don’t know from first hand experience but I’m pretty sure they do- my two best friends are Korean and say that the schooling system is really strict. they’ve never actually been to school in Korea though haha.

          • Sillian

            Detention doesn’t seem very common in Korea.

  • RegisterToPost

    And the decay of Korea’s educational system continues. I don’t condone punching students though. What happened to a good few whacks with the love stick?

  • dk2020

    Time out just doesn’t work sometimes ..

  • Yu Bum Suk

    I’ve seen worse teaching in South Kyeongsang Province. I sure don’t envy anyone who has to teach grade 6 elementary school, especially around this time of year.

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Be more efficient in punishment… isolate them, don’t lump them together. But I also don’t advocate hitting students in school.

    • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

      The question is, are the teachers allowed to do that?

      From what I am reading and seeing, the teachers had one tool, and that has been taken away from them.

  • jon776

    She might be a brat. But violence breeds violence. Teachers in Korea has never been respected, they have been feared. Respect is when students listen to you out of their own free will, not because they’re afraid to get beaten. Sounds like something impossible right? Well, no. Beating someone is always a temporary solution. Eventually, that person takes out his anger on someone weaker. Therapy and discussion is the way to go.

    It’s good that beating in school is now illegal in Seoul, but I think it will take a long time before violece is no longer accepted in Korean society.

    • Achi

      I never thought about beating someone after I got punished by parents or teachers. Those who tries that should be separated from the others as that kind of behaviour could lead to serious problems when they grow up…

      • jon776

        Everything depends on how much you are pushed down. The more you are pushed down, the angrier you will feel and the higher is the chance that you will take it out on those below you (not necessarily by beating them). People who don’t feel loved by their family are at much higher risk. Almost all bullies have some kind of problems at home with unloving and abusive parents.

        • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

          It actually depends on whether the person realises they were punished for doing something wrong or not.

          For example, if someone gets beaten for the littlest thing, then that kind of punishment will have no use. Butif the person only got punished for any wrong they did, and they know what they did was wrong, they will not take it out on someone weaker than them. It is a balance thing.

          When I worked in a Hagwon in Korea, my boss pretty much allowed beatings, but also other methods. And if the student causes too much problems, to kick them out (which happened with one student who was in Elementary school and one whole class that was a middle school class). The other methods were basically kicking someone out of the class, giving them a one-on-one lesson with a teacher and thirdly to have them in a class with kids which really hurt their ego.

  • Paul M

    When I was at school and a teacher punished me I would get punished again when I got home. These days it seems that when a teacher punishes a kid the teacher has to answer for it. For those of you who are crying about the kid being hit, tell me, what would have you done in that situation? From what I’ve seen corporal punishment at this time is the only working solution. I’ve heard that students, legally, are not allowed to be suspended from school (which I would favour) also detention is not an option as the kids have their cram schools to go to after. It’s all fine and well saying ban corporal punishment but you need to have a working solution to replace it otherwise teachers will be powerless in the classroom. I wonder if anyone remembers the story of the teacher in Seoul who was sexually molested by her students in class?

    • Yu Bum Suk

      Middle and high schools can suspend students but I’m not sure about elementary. It’s impossible to expel them before high school, and even at high school it’s very difficult.

      • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

        So basically, the only tool the teachers had was corporal punishment and now that has been taken away, they have nothing. No detention, no lines, not anything.

        And people wonder why kids are going out of control.

    • Truck Furniture Maker

      There really are a lack of options in Korean schools after corporal punishment was removed. Now the debates seems to be add it back or keep it the way it is. Option C actually put in other punishments seems to be lacking.

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    This sort of punishment doesn’t seem to be very effective. It only seems to tell the kid to improve his ability to hide his misbehaving.

  • yoyo

    A teacher should never ever beat a student …. if he does he has to be fired …. there are other means to discipline students … and in Korea the worst punishments are ‘F’s, followed by temporary suspensions.

    • …yeah but giving an F and suspension doesn’t stop them from hitting anyone or fixes their behaviors. And no, not implying what the teacher did was fine and dandy.

    • Yu Bum Suk

      What difference does an F make if they pass on to the next year regardless of how many they have?

  • Kate

    Yeah my hagwon had some horrible kids too…..we had 2 big ole 13 yr old boys beat up on a pregnant korean manager for taking their cell phones, which they were using in class after being repeatedly told not to, away. Apparently their appa beats them and their mum at home a lot and so weren’t afraid of any punishment the teacher had…..had one girl show her boobs (lack of) to all the boys in class (she was 9). I hated dealing with korean parents the most tho, the kids I can handle, the parents were routinely bullies or obsessively paranoid and some were nice.

    The kid in the video is the product of parents who probably don’t give two craps about her other then her performance in school and has learned to use her age to play victim.

  • As noted, this video shows a different (male) teacher than the news report. The student can clearly be seen hitting the teacher, so without knowing how this started it certainly wasn’t one sided. The basic problem is they won’t expel students who are violent, so violence becomes the default. The moment they allow expulsions is when they lose the courage to behave like this.

  • Your Sexy Cousin Rex

    Gotta keep one’s pimp hand strong!

  • redgirls

    He is the adult and he has completely lost control of himself. If this had happened in any other work place, what then?

  • dk2020

    Wow, is this really going on in American schools? Sounds alot worse then Korea .. shock therapy for kids WTF ..

  • YourSupremeCommander

    Does the mofo have any kids?

  • Observer

    I don’t agree with hitting students, but I hear more and more about behaviour in Korean schools deteriorating. This is often made into comic relief in movies and dramas, using Iljin (일진) as comedic antagonists/trouble makers, but in real life, they are very destructive.

    Korean students (and teachers) are under a lot of stress due to the vigorous exams and competition, adding troublemakers into the classroom will have a very negative impact on them (note; the amount of bullying-suicide cases reported these days)

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  • Lovely

    Good sign that this is a free country that the student was not harmed. People in public positions should fear for their jobs, if they tread on the rights of even the most spoiled brat.

  • Lovely

    Question… this young asian girl called me “auntie”. Should I be offended? She’s a teenager and I’m in my 30s. Never been called an auntie before lol. I was amused, actually because the day before she asked my son if I was his sister or mom lol

    • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

      Serious question? IF you are in your 30’s you are uncle or aunts. If you are closer to their age, then brother or sister.

  • exink

    Co-workers tell me that classroom behavior is deteriorating and it sounds like these kids were unruly and disrespectful, but hitting kids is not the right answer.

    I’d hate to be a teacher in this situation. There’s not much a teacher can do in times like this.

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  • actionjksn

    The teacher should not have been fired. When the student started assaulting the teacher, that’s when the student deserved to be slapped.

  • What?!!!

    This incident seems very light compared to some of the punishment my co-teachers dish out. I even have to look away sometimes. That said, I’m very much in favour of corporal punishment. It’s a language the kids understand. As long as it’s controlled and not done out of primal rage, that is.

  • Guy Forget

    Exactly, before people start pointing fingers at Korea, you had better take a closer look at your own American schools. It’s about 200x worse. Students in US schools disrespect, diss, cuss, stab, and shoot their teachers. There’s like a case of it every single day in the country. Lots of bad students with attitude and sure, lots of bad teachers who don’t respond to these bad kids appropriately. Then there is one case that pops up in Korea and it’s a simple tugging match with a slap and everyone is going bonkers criticizing korea and what’s wrong with the country? LOL. Geezuz you people. When I was in elementary school (America), I remember one of my classmates was disciplined by the teacher and asked to leave the room and go to the principal’s office. When the student (an african boy) didn’t comply, the teacher had to move the student himself out of his seat and he grabbed his arms to try and get him up and walk him out, but the student started to swear at him out loud and stabbing him with the little orange bic pens we used to all have. That was a crazy scene. But no cops were ever called. Nobody was ever charged with a crime. Our teacher was a good teacher and the student was a decent kid himself…they just came to a stalemate and someone was going to have to budge. That was like 25 years ago. If that had happened today, the student probably would have told his parents, parents call the cops, and our good teacher would have been arrrested for physically abusing the student (because he grabbed him by the arms to escort him out forcefully since the student didn’t want to comply). What the hell is wrong with that? It’s just good ol’ hard discipline. But now we are becoming a society where a teacher cannot discipline the student else be convicted of a crime and be banned from teaching forever. If it’s between two different races, then it will become a race issue LOL. You see what I’m getting at? Everyone is just a bunch of pansies because u get your feelings hurt by some racist remark, or u get disciplined and u cry and tattle tail to the cops and get a conviction and ruin someone’s life. It’s ridiculous.

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